A charming market town just 2 miles from the caravan park with cobbled streets and lots of historic buildings, with over 200 having a listed building status. The town is well served with many pubs, restaurants and cafes. A good mix of supermarkets, high street and independent retailers. Plenty of parking is available in the town.
A 13.2 mile traffic free trail running along the former Buxton to Ashbourne railway line. In Ashbourne the trail starts at the Ashbourne tunnel and parking is available in a Pay & Display car park near the tunnel which is run by the Peak National Park (DE6 1FD). Being traffic free, the trail is ideal for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. There is a café and bike hire available in the car park as well as public toilets.
Dovedale Stepping Stones are one of the most popular attractions in all of the Peak District National Park. Located in a limestone gorge the 16 stones crossing the River Dove were laid by the Victorians to enable tourists to cross the river. Dovedale Car Park (DE6 2AY) is operated by the National Trust. Dovedale is accessed via extremely narrow country lanes with passing places and the site can get extremely busy at popular times.
Carsington Water is the ninth largest reservoir in England. It was officially opened in 1992 by HRH Queen Elizabeth II. The reservoir has a visitor centre with a shopping area and a “Wonderful World of Water” exhibition. There are lots of activities available for a fantastic day out including walking along accessible routes, birdwatching, fishing and horse riding. There are 3 car parks serving the area with those further away from the visitor centre being slightly cheaper to park in.
There are lots of places managed by the National Trust in the area around Ashbourne.
Undoubtedly one of the most famous stately houses in England. Chatsworth House is home to the Devonshire family and has been passed down through 16 generations. The house has over 25 rooms to explore housing an art collection that spans over 4000 years. The 105 acre garden has waterworks, sculptures and a Victorian rock garden. The house is situated in a 1,000 acre park on the banks of the River Derwent and is home to many animals including red and fallow deer. With so much to do you can easily fill a full day visiting.
Car Parking is available and is free if you book your tickets online (DE45 1PP)
Haddon Hall is an English country house with origins dating back to the 11th Century. The Hall houses a tapestry collection and a collection of early English furniture reputed to be the best of its kind in England. Guided walks and talks are available to help you enjoy the medieval park with its ancient ecology and there is a stunning Elizabethan walled garden to explore. Parking is available (DE45 1LA) and there is a restaurant on site providing food for all tastes.
Perhaps the most well-known theme park in England, Alton Towers provides a day of excitement with over 40 rides and attractions.
The theme park is only 8 miles from the caravan park (12 miles on main roads) and parking is available in large on site carparks (although they are a 15-25 minute walk to the park)
Alton Towers is extremely well signposted throughout the local area and road signage and traffic signals will direct you to the car parks.
There a number of Pubs within the area that serve food. All of the pubs listed below are within 5½ miles of the park.
If you don’t fancy cooking there are many different food takeaways available in Ashbourne:
Fish & Chips:
There are also numerous restaurants, tea rooms, cafes and public houses that serve food throughout the day and evening within Ashbourne and the surrounding areas.
Please check in the reception for menus to help you decide.
There are a number of major supermarkets in Ashbourne and more slightly further away in Uttoxeter (approx 7 miles from the park). Please note: Opening hours shown are for weekdays and Saturdays (and may be subject to change). All shops are open 10:00 - 4:00pm on a Sunday.
Supermarkets in Ashbourne
Other large supermarkets in Uttoxeter